As passing moves go, it was one of the most carefully executed pieces of teamwork you’re likely to see.
When Leeds United fan Carl Denver took his newborn son, Beau, to see the club unveil their new kit for the 2015-16 season, little did he know the youngster would become the star of the show.
Handed to one of the squad so that his photographer dad could grab a snap for the family album, two-week-old Beau quickly found himself being passed from player to player in a flowing .
Even manager Uwe Rosler proved he could handle the big occasion by having a quick cuddle.
Ecstatic Carl, 47, who managed to get pictures of Beau with 26 United stars and backroom staff, said: “I asked one of the players to pose for a photo holding Beau and the next thing I knew he was getting passed down the line like a rugby ball.
“We were relieved to see him finally reach the hands of the goalkeeper before being passed on to the team’s coach and then back to Beau’s mum, Rebecca.”
Carl and Rebecca, who are from Leeds but now live in Wales, were back in their home city so that they could be close to family while Rebecca, 37, gave birth at Leeds General Infirmary.
Carl, whose mother, Olga, lives on Selby Road in Garforth, admits to being a “plastic” United fan who keeps up with the team’s fortunes on television and online.
But he said they were keen to meet the players after seeing that they were holding an event at Elland Road on Saturday.
“We got there ten minutes before the end, but they were really accommodating,” he said.
“I think a few of them must be dads, because they were really confident with him. But there were one or two who didn’t look so sure. I’m just glad nobody dropped him.”